Oct 27, 2020 Sports
By Sean Devers
Kaieteur News – Former Bermine, Berbice and Guyana Fast Bowler Kevin Darlington who now resides in Brooklyn New York, is the new United States of America (USA) Men’s Youth Coach and his work will officially commence on November 1.
The 48-year-old Guyanese, who captured 79 wickets in 30 First Class matches for Guyana between 1995 and 2002, after making his debut against Barbados, will take on the primary responsibilities for Coaching USA Men’s Under-19 cricket team and other Junior teams, as well as providing assistant Coaching support to Men’s National team.
Darlington, who was born on April 26, 1972 in Guyana’s first Town (New Amsterdam) said that after finishing with competitive cricket he decided it was time for to give back to US cricket in a different capacity.
“I have Coached several Clubs since I stopped playing and in 2018 I was delighted to be appointed assistant Coach for the Men’s Senior squad. Touring with the team throughout its ascendency to earning ODI status and watching the evolution of some of our youngsters who have represented the US was very pleasing for me” stated Darlington.
The Coach said one of the major Challenges is facing the USA, is bringing of all in such a vast landscape and the lack of cricket facilities that’s accessible to all. “There is a lot of talent in the USA and with proper management and exposure the future looks bright.
But the pandemic has affected USA cricket immensely, with the postponement of so many local leagues, however recent Franchise tournaments have many cricketers to the Park” informed Darlington. Darlington revealed that different social media platforms (zoom) have helped in keeping the teams together.
“I am delighted to be named Head Coach of the junior team and my commitment to helping other cricketers grow and become professional sportsmen is what drives me every day. It is indeed a privilege and an honour to bring my 35 years of cricketing experience to the table and share those experiences with so many of our very talented players.
Darlington, who also took 18 wickets in 22 List ‘A’ matches for his native Guyana between 1995 and 2000 and snared two wickets in three T20s for his adopted Country the USA, has more than 12 years coaching experience in Guyana, England and the USA.
The quickie, who has three five-wicket First-class hauls for Guyana, was Assistant Coach for the USA’s Men’s team between 2018 and 2019 which culminated in the USA gaining ODI status for the first time at ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia.
Darlington represented New York Club Atlantis before making his USA debut in 2010 against Scotland when he opened the bowling at the ICC T20 World Qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and captured two wickets as the USA won by six runs. His other two games for the USA came in the same tournament when the North Americans lost to Ireland and Afghanistan.
In February of 2010 Darlington represented the USA in the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 and ended as the Tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 14 scalps as the USA gained promotion to Division 4 status.
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